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2. Trio

Trying to find the best Buffet in Austin? 10Best has you covered. Our editors and locals search the city and suburbs for the top places. Then, we showcase popular restaurants like Stubb's Bar-B-Q, and we highlight eateries with great user reviews, like Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill. We also help you find areas where Buffets are prominent - Downtown, for example - so that you not only get terrific dining recommendations, but you also have choices to boot. After all, if you're going to eat, you may as well do it right and take advantage of Austin's best.

10. Threadgill's

Threadgill's is one of Austin's most famous restaurants for several reasons: the then-gas station was awarded the city's first post-Prohibition liquor license in the 1930s, and Janis Joplin got her start singing here in the 1960s. Threadgill's still features live music along with tasty homestyle food. Meatloaf, garlic cheese grits, and Creole cabbage win raves, but chicken-fried steak seals Threadgill's reputation as a downhome favorite. Locals swear by the daily blue-plate specials, too – and seconds on sides are free!

9. La Palapa

With its thatched roof, La Palapa is certainly easy to spot, which is a good thing since you'll want to get inside and get down to the serious business of eating as quickly as possible. The food is that good – from queso flameado to chile rellenos to flan. In operation since 1984, La Palapa presents live music every night. In fact, it's known as the place where country star Rick Trevino first got his start. Performers range across many genres, but country and Latin beats are the most common (this is Texas, after all).

8. Casa de Luz
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Wander among herb and flower gardens on your way to Casa de Luz's front door, and once inside, enjoy a macrobiotic vegan meal unlike any you've probably ever had. Place your order at the counter, and then pick up utensils, condiments, soup, and salad at the buffet on your way to one of several long communal tables. There's only one entree choice, so you may want to call ahead to see what's on the menu for the day. Sometimes it's Mexican or Guatemalan; sometimes it's sushi or pizza.

7. Stubb's Bar-B-Q
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Stubb's is a carnivorous music lover's dream. Having hosted greats like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Robert Cray, and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, its reputation as a music venue is well-established. Happily, the food is just as good. Smoked brisket, sausage, ribs, and chicken are at the heart of the menu, and a nice variety of Southern-style side dishes round out the offerings. Don't miss this one!

6. Walburg Restaurant

Walburg Restaurant is about 45 minutes northwest of Austin, and if you're a fan of authentic German food, it's more than worth the drive. The best times to go are Friday and Saturday nights or any time Sunday. That's when they set up the buffet, and you'll find tables laden with bratwurst, knockwurst, schweinebraten, wienerschnitzel, sauerkraut, spaetzle, and more, with Black Forest cake and apple strudel for dessert. Live German music often entices folks to dance, and an arcade with pinball, foosball, and old-time video games also proves tempting.

5. Louisiana Longhorn Cafe

It's not hard to figure out why this place is so popular. The casual, homey interior offers wood floors and whimsical decor, the menu is diverse, and service is personable and prompt. Frog legs, fried pickles, smoked boudin, and Cajun crab cakes all make excellent starters. Main dishes run the gamut from burgers and barbecue to etouffee and fried seafood, so everyone should find something to their liking. For dessert, choose from an assortment of pies, or opt for fresh fruit cobbler or bread pudding.

4. Clay Pit
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Clay Pit offers traditional Indian cuisine in an elegant, comfortable setting. It's situated in the historic Bertram Building and features a beautiful pine bar, stained concrete floors, and stone walls. Start with samosas or mulligatawny stew, and then enjoy tandoori chicken, tikka masala, rack of lamb, or even goat curry. Great vegetarian options are also available. Accompany your meal with fresh-baked roti, naan, or paratha, and finish with a slice of mango cheesecake – it's earned praise in national magazines.

3. Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
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Stone walls, a fireplace, wooden floors and ceilings, and an abundance of down-home service combine to make Moonshine one busy restaurant. Sunday's brunch buffet practically buckles with a bounty of bodacious vittles, and lunch is a treat as well. It offers horseradish-crusted salmon, green chile macaroni with grilled chicken, a chicken artichoke BLT, a fajita steak salad, and broiled rainbow trout. If you visit for dinner, start off with the excellent corndog shrimp. Main dishes range from molasses-chile cured pork chops and buffalo meatloaf to chicken fried steak.

2. Trio

Trio meets every expectation of what a high-quality restaurant should be. Its atmosphere is elegant, its cuisine is exemplary, and its attitude toward service – drawn from Austin's easy charm – is above-par. The menu showcases steaks and seafood, offering the standards but also delivering fascinating dishes like olive oil-poached halibut and trio of beef (Wagyu, oxtail, and beef ragout). Add-ons? Tomato-watermelon salad, truffle macaroni, sweet corn crème brulée, and jalapeno-rosemary grits. Fantastic lake views are a treat as well.

1. Green Pastures

In 1945, the Koock family mansion (1894) was converted into a restaurant and has been a favorite place for special occasions ever since. Offering gracious Southern hospitality, the establishment serves American cuisine with Texas flair. Appetizing dishes include shrimp-stuffed veal, redfish with blue crab, and duck Texana with bacon and blackberry sauce. Outstanding desserts are a plus, and the verandah overlooks a lawn where peafowl take leisurely strolls. Inside, patrons are serenaded by tunes played on a grand piano. N.B. On weekends, private events are often hosted; call for availability.